After declaring Sri Lanka sold 2011 World Cup final, minister says it’s his suspicion
Published: June 25, 2020 5:30:33 pm
After asserting that the 2011 World Cup final was “sold” by “certain parties” in Sri Lanka to India, the island nation’s former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has now called his claim a “suspicion” that he wants investigated.
The Lankan government has ordered an enquiry into the matter and a special Police investigation unit recorded Aluthgamage’s statement on Wednesday. He told the team that he was only suspicious of fixing.
“I want my suspicion investigated,” Aluthgamage told reporters.
“I gave to the Police, a copy of the complaint I lodged with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 30 October 2011 regarding the said allegation as then Sports Minister,” he said.
Aluthgamage has alleged that his country “sold” the game to India, a claim that was ridiculed by former captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene who demanded evidence from him.
Sangakkara, the captain of Sri Lanka at that time, asked him to produce evidence for an anti-corruption probe.
“He needs to take his ‘evidence’ to the ICC and the Anti-corruption and Security Unit so the claims can be investigated thoroughly,” he tweeted.
He needs to take his “evidence” to the ICC and the Anti corruption and Security Unit so the claims can be investigated throughly https://t.co/51w2J5Jtpc
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) June 18, 2020
Aluthgamage said that in his opinion no players were involved in fixing the result, “but certain parties were.”
Both Aluthgamage and the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa were among the invitees at the final played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Following his allegations, Aravinda de Silva, the former great who was the then chairman of selectors, has urged the BCCI to conduct its own investigation.
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